Earth Day 2014

New in the Deli: Country Ham Relish

Our super staff never fail to impress with new offerings in the Co-op’s Deli. Now available: Country Ham Relish, a delightfully creamy, smoky, and sweet creation that channels the spirit of what many Southern folks may know as a Chipped Ham Salad. It’s tasty and convenient, available in the Deli’s to go case.

This flavorful combination makes a great sandwich spread or dip for tortilla chips, sliced vegetables or crackers. Ingredients include: natural, hormone, and antibiotic-free Beeler’s smoked ham; Bubbie’s Kosher dill relish; golden raisins; and a smidge of sour cream and cream cheese.

The (Organic) Produce Report

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Outrageous Deals!
Cucumbers 69¢ lb
Broccolette $1.69 each bunch

Wild Weekly Specials:
Tommy Atkins mangoes $1.99 lb
Ataulfo mangoes $1.49 each
New crop Argentina D’anjou pears $2.49 lb
Minneola tangelos $1.79 lb
Honeydew melon $1.49 lb
English cucumber $2.19 each
Red and green leaf lettuce $1.99 each
Romaine lettuce $1.99 each
Bunched beets $2.29 each
Cauliflower $2.19 lb

What’s New & Interesting:
Mexican peaches $4.69 lb (arriving on Tuesday!)
And… Cases of juice oranges and grapefruits! 38lb cases — we will keep a few cases on hand at a time, $19.99 each! Juice lemons are also available, but we won’t have them in the store. If you would like to order one, just let us know–38lb case for $25.99.

Local! It’s rhubarb time! And it’s all local from Living Rain Farm in west Mount Vernon. Kale raab is coming in from Ralph’s Greenhouse. Well Fed Farms is supplying us with 1/2lb bags of nettles (see below for more information). Cauliflower from Hedlin Farms will be arriving soon. (And that’s just the beginning…)

‘Tis the Season for Fresh Juices!
Are you a juicing fanatic, new to liquid cleanses, or just love a tall glass of fresh juice? We have what you need! With the fantastic deals on cucumbers, celery, and cases of juicing oranges, grapefruit, and lemons, now is is great time to stock up for a proper juice cleanse!

Skagit Valley Food Co-op_Nettles_WellFed_4.7.14Nettles!
We’ve been getting nettles from Well Fed Farm in Bow for the last couple of weeks. There are so many delicious and exciting things to do with nettles, I don’t have room enough in this post to sing their praises. Here’s what they do (really) well: a natural stimulant, nettles are best consumed in the morning and early afternoon — unless, of course, you’re looking for a late-night pick-me-up. They are great for the adrenal glands (those endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys that release “happy” hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, in response to stress). Healthy adrenals = more efficient responses to stress! Worried about stinging yourself while preparing a nettle treat? Never fear! Nettles actually produce their own antidote. So, if you find yourself with a bit of a nettle sting, either mash up (perhaps with gloves, if you wish) a nettle leaf, or just pop a leaf or two in your mouth, chew well, and tah-dah!,  its antidote has entered your system and the itch will go away and you can get back to business. Make nettle vinegar (careful there, it’s fiery!), nettle pesto (made the same way as “normal” pesto, just replace basil with nettles), or experiment with other uses. Enjoy this stimulating, fiery nettle season!

Skagit Brew Corner: Pinkus Münster Alt Bier

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An old world organic ale, just a bottle top away…

We are proud to offer the Pinkus Münster Alt, a flagship beer from the world’s first organic brewery. Pinkus-Müller Brauerei has been based in the Northern German town of Münster since 1816, when Johannes Müller moved to Münster, married Friederika Cramer, and opened a brewery and bakery. Today the fifth and sixth generations of the family operate the brewery and pub, where the master brewers produce world-class beer using only organically grown barley and whole hop blossoms.

The results of this fruitful family endeavor can be tasted in Pinkus’ original Münster Alt ale. “Alt” is the German word for “old”, or “original”, and the alt style is older than German lager styles. Today alt ale is known as a specialty of Westphalia, in Northern Germany. Brewed in this classic style, Pinkus’ Münster Alt ale features spicy, herbaceous, fragrant Saaz hops that contribute a great deal of lovely flavors but not much bitterness.

Medium roasted malts and cool mineral water result in an ale that pours a hazy golden color with delicate lacing and a fine bubbly head of foam. Münster Alt is produced using an old world recipe using organic malt, top-fermenting yeast, hops and premium brewing water. The beer finishes with a refreshing tartness from its naturally occurring lactic acid that adds a special flavor and a wine-like character.

Münster Alt Ale from Pinkus-Müller Brauerei in Muster, Germany. 5.1% Alcohol by volume / 20 IBU.

This ale is quite versatile as its light malty quality will compliment a variety of dishes. Pair this amazingly food-friendly beer with cheese and smoked meat appetizers, lasagnas, hearty stews with crusty bread, and braised and roasted dishes. For more information and images of the Pinkus-Müller Brewery, check out a video from their distributor Merchant du Vin here.

Posted by Claire

Co+op Deals: April 1- 14, 2014

Co+op_Deals_Flyer_West_Zone_1_ 3_Apr_2014_A-1Great savings for current Co-op Members

Sale prices good April 1-14,  2014.

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